Welcome to the second trimester! If you’re 14 weeks pregnant and eagerly anticipating a sudden burst of Duracell-Bunny-style energy, we’re sorry to say that it might not happen quite so quickly.
While there’s no doubt that most women say the middle trimester is the easiest, that’s not a hard and fast rule. As we’ve said before, everyone’s experience of pregnancy will be different — so here’s what you might encounter…
What to expect at 14 weeks pregnant
For some, pregnancy at 14 weeks might be pretty cruisy, but for others, it can still take its toll.
So, while you might feel like shooting hypothetical daggers at your friends who are breezing through with nothing but a pimple or two, try not to feel too disappointed. You’re just not in the honeymoon phase of the second trimester yet, and that’s okay.
How many months is 14 weeks pregnant?
You’re in your 4th month of pregnancy, with just 5 left to go. It’s an exciting time and your fetus at 14 weeks is measuring about 3.5 inches long. That’s about the size of your clenched fist.
They’re also getting more and more baby-like every day.
Meet your 14-week fetus
Your baby’s spleen and liver are fully functioning and their neck and spine are getting stronger, which means their head is starting to be more erect, and their body straighter.
Their genitals are also fully formed this week, but even if you had a 14-week pregnant ultrasound, it’s probably too early to tell. If you want to find out the sex of your baby, your 20-week scan is generally the first opportunity to get a clear view.
What does a baby look like at 14 weeks in the womb?
If you could see inside there right now, chances are your baby would be practicing some facial expressions thanks to their facial muscles and brain impulses. They’ll be busy learning how to smile, frown, squint, and even pucker up for a kiss!
14 weeks pregnant symptoms
As much as you might feel like getting on with some pre-baby tasks with your new-found energy, it’s still important to rest and put your feet up when you can. It’ll help with any new symptoms your burgeoning 14-week-pregnant belly might be bringing to the table, like round ligament pain and varicose veins.
And talking of “fun” 14-week pregnant symptoms…
Why is your nose so stuffy?
Your immune system is weaker while you’re pregnant, so you’re a bit more susceptible to common viruses. Keep on top of daily hygiene like hand washing and try to avoid meeting friends or family members who are ill — they’ll understand!
And now your gums are bleeding…
Around 1 in 10 pregnant women will experience bleeding gums as a result of pregnancy-related gum disease. There’s no need to panic, but do take note. Keeping on top of your dental care is important now, so if you notice any bleeding, pain, or discomfort when you brush or floss your teeth, it might be time for a trip to the dentist.
Finally, some answers to two of the most commonly asked questions around 14 weeks pregnant:
How likely is a miscarriage at 14 weeks?
From 14 weeks pregnant, the chance of miscarriage is less than one percent.